Hello Jolla Enthusiasts and Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Friends App is a simple social network aggregator, which has been created as a replacement for Gwibber. While it is already available for Nokia N9′s Harmattan and Ubuntu Touch, a while ago, it has been successfully ported to Jolla’s Sailfish OS MeeGo-based Linux systems.
The latest version available is Friends App 1.8, which has been released a while ago. Since there is no changelog available, we can’t know for sure what enhancements and new features have been implemented.
In this article I will show you how to install Friends App 1.8 on Jolla’s first Sailfish OS smartphone.
Friends App 1.8 can be installed either from the GUI, or from the command line interface, in the Linux way.
Method 1: Directly from the GUI:
Download the harbour friends rpm package and install it by double-clicking on the rpm package, directly from the file manager.
Method 2: The Linux way: switch to developer mode, install zypper, add the needed repository, update the local repository index and install the harbour-friends package:
# pkcon install zypper
# zypper ar -f http://sailfish.openrepos.net/Sfiet_Konstantin/personal-main.repo
# rpm --import http://sailfish.openrepos.net/openrepos/key
# zypper refresh
# zypper install harbour-friends
For those who don’t know yet, Jolla is a project developed by former Nokia employees. The first Jolla smartphone is running on Sailfish OS, a modified Megoo Linux system, which is Android compatible, uses Wayland as the default display server , uses Nokia N9′s Maliit touchscreen keyboard and comes with interchangeable covers, allowing the users to easily switch them, in order to change the color/model of the phone and comes with impressive hardware specifications. Apps can be installed via the Jolla Store, which will provide both Jolla and Android apps, or via F-Droid, Yandex Store, Amazon App Store, Aptoide and 1Mobile Android Market.